After the F82 BMW M4 spotted yesterday, its twin brother the F80 M3 makes an appearance as well. A prototype painted in the Mineral White color and red leather interior was spotted on German roads.
The clear shots showcase one of the most aggressive-looking BMWs on the roads, and compared to the M4, the F80 M3 seems to stand out even more with its rear fenders and well-balanced design.
On the outgoing models, the CFRP roof was confined to the Coupe version. Now, for the first time, the four-door BMW M3 will get this striking design and functional feature as well. The CFRP roof brings weight savings of five kilograms in the case of the BMW M3 Sedan and more than six kilograms in the case of the BMW M4 Coupe. It also lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity, which has a positive impact on driving dynamics.
Made from aluminum rather than conventional steel, the front side walls and the bonnet (with power dome) make an important contribution to the models’ lightweight design concept, while at the same time improving axle load distribution.
Under the hood, the new engine of the M3 sees a slight power upgrade over the previous V8 to 431 hp, which is delivered between 5,390 and 7,000 rpm. Peak torque has been increased by roughly 40 per cent to 550 Newton metres, and is maintained over a very wide rev band (1,800–5,390 rpm). The standard sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe 4.1 seconds respectively. Top speed is 250 km/h / 155 mph (electronically limited), or 280 km/h / 174 mph if the optional M Driver’s Package is specified. The new powerplant also boasts excellent fuel economy: the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe achieve consumption in the EU cycle of 8.3 l/100 km (34 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 194 g/km, an improvement of more than 25 per cent over the previous model’s figures. Regulated pollutant emissions are EU6-compliant.